Lessons from the Big Guys

What I Learned From Servant Leaders Adolph Rupp, Jack Eckerd, Bill Lee, Hugh McColl

Title Details

Pages: 160

Trim size: 5.000in x 8.000in



Pub Date: 03/01/2004

ISBN: 9-781-5883-8086-9

List Price: $23.95


NewSouth Books

Lessons from the Big Guys

What I Learned From Servant Leaders Adolph Rupp, Jack Eckerd, Bill Lee, Hugh McColl

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This is the story of how a kid born during the Great Depression in Quicksand, Kentucky, became, in his day, the youngest college president in America, and of how he learned to lead. But this is not really a story about that kid, but rather about his four extraordinary teachers. The story begins in 1957 when Wireman meets the master of basketball, Adolph Rup, who launches Wireman’s leadership odyssey. The journey continues for more than forty years with three other mentors: Jack Eckerd, the king of retail; Bill Lee, the world’s nuclear engineer; and Hugh McColl, America’s premier banker. Here, Wireman shows us how his four “big guys” excelled and inspired others around them to succeed as well.
This book is masterful, and offers illuminating insights into the servant-leadership qualities of four 'movers and shakers'—giants of our time. It is a must-read for anyone who wishes to combine effectively leadership and service.

—John M. Belk, chairman, Belk Stores

Lessons From the Big Guys arrives as our understanding grows of the important role civic leaders have to play in shaping our future leaders. Dr. Billy Wireman describes his personal experiences with four prominent servant-leaders who shaped his own thinking and career, and guided him to try to mentor others. This fine book makes a good read and offers a window into the lives of four interesting individuals at the same time.

—Gov. Jim Hunt

About the Author/Editor

Now retired as President Emeritus of Queens University of Charlotte, North Carolina, where he lives, BILLY O. WIREMAN knows a few things about leadership. Since his youth, he has led virtually every organization in which he has been involved, from athletic teams and fraternities to units in the Marine Corps, from colleges and universities to myriad civic and educational organizations. He has written hundreds of articles, essays, speeches, and book reviews. He is an internationally recognized lecturer and consultant.